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La Mercy lagoon is the closest flat-water kiting spot to central Durban. That makes it an ideal spot to learn how to kitesurf. The lagoon borders the sea so a short jog across the sand-bar makes wave riding an option too. As mentioned, it is a very popular learning spot so at times can be a bit crowded with kamikaze newbies! Most kiters are aware of this and give the learners a chance by staying out of their way or kiting in the sea but generally everyone gets on well and there is a good vibe on the beach.
- Parking is available but some of the parking is a bit of a walk away at the top of the entrance road to the lagoon area. There is an adequately stocked cafe/take-away on site run by 'Vanu and Cookie'. They will look after your car keys for you if you don't feel safe leaving them in your bag on the grass area. Toilet facilities are pretty clean as far as public toilets go.
Nearest big city:Durban
Trip from town:snap
M4 North-bound, past Umdloti turn-off, left at La Mercy turn-off, follow South Beach Road signs and turn right into La Mercy Lagoon at big blue wall
No powered vessels on lagoon. Don't go too far into lagoon toward bridge as wind stops suddenly and don't go too close to hill on NE wind direction.
Weather:Warm weather most of the year. Very hot in Summer and can rain a lot. Water in lagoon gets cold in Winter so bring wetsuit (3:2 sufficient).
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Respect to shore:
Wind strenght [Bf]:
[70% >= 4bf]
[45-70% >= 4bf]
Prevailing winds are NE and SSW. Can be light in heat of Summer and strong in Winter when cold fronts come through.
On the water
Water details:Tidal difference is not huge 1-1.5m. Big shore break at full tide as beaches are steep. Waves in Kwazulu-Natal are very heavy and powerful.
When is flat
SUP, fishing, canoeing
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